Tacit Knowledge -"We Can Know More than We Can Tell"
This summer, I will read more about Michael Polanyi's ideas about tacit knowledge, which can be defined as a kind of knowing that comes from culture and experience, which can be shared, but which is hard to write down or teach explicitly. For instance, knowing how to ride a bike is this kind of knowledge...I don't quite "know" all about it yet, but here are some pictures of what I think is tacit knowledge being passed between children, teachers, and the environment (our "third teacher");
Engineering and design knowledge about balance (with wood pieces while gluing -making a transformer)
Desiring straight lines, Oliver went and got a ruler to use as a straight-edge. Luke followed suit, showing that they know where things are in the studio, how to use a straight-edge, and also showing how Luke noticed Oliver's technique...all without a word being spoken about any of it.
Tacit knowledge; This is a new idea for me, but I am beginning to think that sharing tacit knowledge may be one of the great benefits of an inquiry, experienced based education.